Know Your Mission

As I was reading my Bible this afternoon, I ran across a statement that made me stop and take notice. I was reading in Acts 20. Paul was traveling to Jerusalem, and he was in a hurry. But trouble was waiting for him there. Here’s the verses I read: “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.  I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.” (Acts 20:22-23) My first thought was this: […]

The Answer I Was Looking For

I’ve felt a little discouraged lately.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  It’s nothing earth-shattering, but when reality fails to meet expectations, discouragement isn’t far behind.  My wife suggested I take a look in the Bible at the 11th Chapter of Hebrews.  I’m not sure how many times I’ve read this chapter, but as […]

Gratitude

I’m coming to understand that the key to living a life that is a joy instead of a drudgery is the element of gratitude.  I believe that as a species, humankind is, by nature and by practice, an ungrateful lot.  Dostoevsky, writing about humanity in his Notes from the Underground, says “If he is not stupid, he […]

A Letter From God

Yesterday was one of the worst days I can remember.  Seemingly out of the blue, anxiety ripped through my chest like a steel vice.  It felt like an elephant was sitting on me.  I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t concentrate, and I couldn’t think.  Somehow I made it through staff meeting, then went home and shut […]